The Earth is Crammed With Heaven
"The Earth is crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God; but only he who sees, takes off his shoes. The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries."
-Elizabeth Barrett Browning
If you believe in God, you believe in a creator. A being so intelligent that He was able to organize this Earth. An Earth in which every piece is beyond any one person's understanding. People spend their entire lives becoming an expert on one piece of this creation and they still have unanswered questions. If you believe in God, you believe in a being that intelligent.
Why then, do the believers often question God's ability to make their life beautiful? If he can create a world as complex as this, then why do we hesitate to put our trust in him? Why do we wonder why something happened? Why do we wonder when something different will come? Why do we think that our expectations and plans must always be fulfilled according to our own will? Why do we question a being that intelligent?
He created this universe, do you believe He can make something of you?
If you believe in God, you also believe in love. A being with infinite love for you and every other child he has placed on the Earth. A being that longs to see you (and everyone else) progress and be fully and completely happy. A being that loves you and lets you struggle just enough to progress eternally. He lets you struggle just enough to help you reach complete, full happiness.
Why then, do the believers often question God's ability to make their life beautiful? If he loves us infinitely, why do we hesitate to put our trust in him? Why don't we trust a being that has infinite love and understanding? Why do we put ourselves first and other last? Why don't we let ourselves be evidence of his love? Why don't we let his love work within us? Why don't we work to become beings with infinite love for ourselves and all others, like Him?
These may seem like accusations, but all of us need to continually remind ourselves what our beliefs actually mean. When you believe in God you believe in a whole lot more than a guy in a cloud waiting to curse every non-believer. I believe that God isn't waiting to curse anybody, but finding every possible way to love and bless us. I believe that he is giving us unique experiences that can help us progress if we choose to learn from them. As a master teacher, he will push us as hard as we are willing to go. He will help us progress and reach true, everlasting happiness through every experience because he loves us; because he loves us infinitely.
The Earth is CRAMMED, jam-packed, full, and tearing-at-the-seams, with heaven. Every common, ordinary, boring, plain bush is afire with God. But only he that sees, takes off his shoes. What do you see in this Earth? Is your life crammed with heaven? I can promise you that it is, but only if you are willing to see it will you take off your shoes in gratitude for the sacred glory that has been made evident in your life.
If you believe in God, then come and see this Earth for what it really is. See the meaning behind your beliefs. Every common experience is afire with God: but only if you see it. What are you allowing to block yourself from this beautiful sight?
Whatever it is, train yourself to see this beautiful Earth, because once you do, you will take off your shoes as you recognize that your life is heaven.